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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Where have I been this past week of school?

Last Saturday night (CNY eve, of course) all of us Singaporeans gathered at Lemi's to pig out on good 'ole Chinese food. Heh.

The carnage, post-lou hei.

And yesterday, my Bible study group headed to Trinity Brewhouse for Monday Night Wings. That means you order one item off the menu, you get grilled wings for $0.20. For those of us mathematically-challenged, that means you get 20 wings for 5 bucks.

Which is what I got.

Doin' the damage.

After the battle.

Which explains why I fell asleep at 10pm, barely 2 hours after I came back from dinner.

Friday, January 27, 2006
Charlie Hall's new album Flying into Daybreak sounds like David*Crowder Band, with slightly lesser electronic additions, but no less rawky and reverent.

Considering both have really long gotees and hail from the south (Hall from Oklahoma, Crowder from Texas), we can easily understand the ethreal/earthy lyricism and songs crafted for modern congregational singing. In fact, I believe Mr. Hall's songs wax more easily lyrical in a large group.

Avalon's latest offering Stand, on the other hand, is straight-up power piano ballads and nicely partitioned vocal performamces, what they have come to be loved for. There are a few songs with heartfelt lyrics, but I still like Mr. Hall better.

I *heart* Napster!!!

Well well. So the first week of school is over.

OK. To be fair, it was only 3 days. And there was barely any homework. It felt just like the holiday.

But I do believe my life will rev up to terminal velocity very quickly (especially once labs start and tests come). I have 5 classes, of which 2 of them have labs totaling 7 hours a week. I think I'm just innately (in other words, overly) optimistic: I hope I can get through them.

But we've managed to meet up for prayer at 8am every morning for this week. It's a real good start to the day, I tell you.

And my handphones finally back up! Not so for my webcam...

Monday, January 23, 2006
...and so i'm finally back in Providence. I'm typing this from the comforts of Zhihao's room as we wait for our chinese takeout dinner.

More updates soon, after jetlag and hunger have been settled with.

Oh. I lost my bak kwa. sob....

Friday, January 20, 2006
So I fly off in about 36 hours, back to lazy/dreary Providence, back to 9am lectures, back to nightly Daily Show parties, back to homecooked dinners on Fridays nights at Judson.

Last year caffeine got me thru Biostatistics and Biblical Hebrew.

This year it has to drag me through quantum mechanics and organic chemistry.

And I can't believe I actually wanted to bone up on chiral enantiomers and Lorentz transformations over this break.

(hey, I got as far as Lorentz. which, admittedly, isn't a lot.)

But you understand what it means to be 'back home': nothing foreign, everything familiar, no seismic changes in sea level.

"For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

The ever-inspiration Apostle known as Paul.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

What would you have God do? Would you have Him force those who reject Him to seek Him? Weren't you just complaining that a loving God would honor our free will instead of jerking our strings? ....

To force us to seek Him, God would have to destroy free will. That means He would have to destroy His own image in us.

Henceforth we would be whats, not whos — things, not persons. Because our seeking of Him would have nothing to do with our wills, it would not actually be our seeking of Him. That means it wouldn't be love, because love is by nature voluntary. ...

Are you so sure that a God who loved us would destroy the very possibility of human love?...

Let us not pretend that we are serious about love if we cannot be serious about justice....

Read the entire exchange here.

Monday, January 02, 2006
A thought to start and travel with in 2006:

"God is the one being in the universe for whom self exaltation is the most loving act. Anyone else who exalts himself distracts us from what we need, namely, God. But if God exalts Himself, he calls attention to the very thing we need most for our joy....in the same way no child [should] complain, "I am being used." when his father delights to make the child happy with his presence."

from John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life